7 Ancoats Manchester

Hip Culture Outpost
Creative Capital
Traveller Value
Hip Hangout Score 23

Best spots for a caffeine hit

Found in a renovated old mill, Ancoats Coffee Co serves up hand-roasted, ethically sourced hot beverages in cosy surrounds. There’s everything from single-origin coffee beans to classic cappuccinos. If tea’s more your thing though, head to Cha-ology tea house where you’ll find a generous selection of Japanese matcha and loose leaf tea.

Most instagrammable places to visit

With its perfectly symmetrical lines of bricked terrace houses, Anita Street is an Instagram favourite. And just around the corner you’ll find the black and white Ancoats sign, just in case you’re in any doubt as to which hip and happening part of Manchester you’ve stumbled across...

Mouth-watering must-eats/drinks

Ancoats is fast becoming known as Manchester’s food and drink district, and it isn’t hard to see why. Squid Ink is one of the highlights of the Ancoats dining scene, with thoughtful dishes that use a range of seasonal and organic locally-grown produce. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options are available, too. And, of course, there’s always Rudy’s, an independent pizzeria which rivals the doughy creations of Naples!

Key facts

  1. Transport Links: A ten minute walk to Shudehill Light Rail Station, with trains to Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria
  2. Famous For: Its unique architecture which fuses the old (textile mills and canals) with the new (bustling cafés) to create a picturesque backdrop for this vibrant area of Manchester
  3. Avg cost of hotel room per night: £75

After stealing the number one spot in last year’s Hip Hangout, Ancoats shows no sign of hanging up its craft beers and bushy beards just yet! Compared to other neighbourhoods on this list, Ancoats is decidedly small, made up of just a couple of dozen small roads, dripping in street art and filled with refurbished textile mills. But what it lacks in geographical size it more than makes up for with its quirky, bohemian spots.

Owing to a surge of regeneration in the 1990s, Ancoats’ industrial heritage is clear to see no matter where you look. There’s the Grade II-listed Murrays’ Mills, which still to this day remains one of the largest cotton-spinning buildings in the world. And then there’s the Crown and Kettle pub, dating back to the early 19th century – peer inside through its gothic windows and admire what’s commonly considered to be one of the most ornate ceilings in the world. 

The thing about Ancoats is that even the corner shops are cooler than your usual kind. Ancoats General Store, for instance, doesn’t just provide you with your loaf of bread and some milk – it has an on-site coffee bar, plus interactive art events and quizzes. Every Thursday, you can even find a whole host of street food vendors in store too! As a symbol of its position at the forefront of Manchester’s creative scene, Ancoats is also home to Manchester Creative Studio, an employer-led studio school which aims to encourage the next generation to fulfill their artistic goals. Courses are available in everything from Games Design to film and TV.

Characterised by exposed brick walls, industrial-style tables and chairs, and Chesterfield sofas, the Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse is a recent addition to the Ancoats scene, opening at the end of 2016. The wooden bar itself is handmade, with every inch of the interior design thought out by the siblings behind the bar’s renovation. The industrial décor follows on over at Elnecot neighbourhood bar and kitchen, with steel tables and neon lights aplenty. While meat options do make an appearance on the menu, the majority of food served is either vegan or vegetarian, with the presentation of the dishes almost as hip as the venue itself.

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